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BENGALS' CASTAGNA WINS HONOR

Buffalo State men's hockey defenseman Sean Castagna of San Jose, Calif., is one of 14 State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) fall and winter season athletes named to receive the 2005 Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award.

Castagna led all SUNYAC defensemen in scoring with 13 points and made first-team all-conference. He is a junior business major with a 3.67 grade-point average.

BASEBALL: Niagara's record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference fell to 7-6 with a 6-4 loss at Fairfield. The Stags broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth as Brian Schappert singled home the go-ahead run. Mike Medici had three hits and had his team-leading 22nd and 23rd RBIs for NU (13-20 overall).

Siena (14-17, 9-3 MAAC) rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to tie the game and went on to a 10-inning victory over Canisius (7-24, 4-10) in Loudonville, 9-8. Wade Rosolowski's two-run homer in the seventh had given the Griffs the lead, 5-4. They tacked on a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Rosolowski and two more in the ninth on an RBI single by Gabe Baida and a bases-loaded walk.

Niagara will begin defense of the Bisons Cup in the Big Four Baseball Classic today at Dunn Tire Park. Niagara will meet Canisius at 3 p.m. The University at Buffalo and St. Bonaventure will meet at 7. The winners and losers will face each other Wednesday.

SOFTBALL: Canisius (12-14, 5-5 MAAC) completed an 0-4 road trip by losing a doubleheader at Fairfield, 3-1 and 4-3. The Griffs were swept at Iona on Sunday. Tracy Sylvestre picked up both wins for the Stags (28-20, 8-2), pitching a six-hitter in the opener and coming on for the final two outs before her team scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. MAAC Rookie of the Week Katie Miranto (North Tonawanda) of Canisius had a pair of hits including a triple in the nightcap.

Niagara (9-23, 1-9 MAAC) lost a pair at Iona (24-12, 9-1) in New Rochelle, 3-0 and 3-2. Jamie Horn (Lewiston-Porter) and Tory Healy each had a pair of hits on the day for the Purple Eagles. Healy singled home both Niagara runs in the nightcap.

Nadine Sirianni (Niagara Falls) of Buffalo State was named Player of the Week in the SUNYAC. She went 9 for 14 (.643) in doubleheader sweeps of Rochester and Potsdam. She leads the conference in batting average (.450), hits (49) and RBIs (30). . . . UB's Sophie Barstad was named Pitcher of the Week in the Mid-American Conference East after she went 2-0, including a three-hit shutout of first-place Central Michigan.

MEN'S LACROSSE: Potsdam goalie Ryan Hanretty (Williamsville South) was named Goalkeeper of the Week in the SUNYAC. He made 28 saves and allowed 11 goals as the Bears went 1-1 in conference games.